Closing Date

Sunday, 6 February 2022


Full-time (3 year contract)


Sydney, NSW or Melbourne, VIC

Use your exceptional business, communications and influencing skills to transform the culture of Australian business to better protect children.

  • Leverage your ability to develop solid partnerships and networks
  • Be a change agent and impact how Australian business thinks
  • Bring your strong commercial acumen, strategic and advocacy skills

The organisation

The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) has a strong reputation for delivery of clinical services, professional training and secondary consultation programs built upon up to date, evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development.

ACF was started in 1986, by a passionate group of professionals and community advocates who wanted to address major problems in child protection. It was established to give children a voice to ensure their safety and care became a priority within the community. Today, as a national organisation with 32 community partnerships, the Foundation’s focus has not wavered.

Through programs such as its Safeguarding Children Services, ACF aims to support Australian businesses to implement best practice policies and standards to protect children and young people in their care. ACF, in partnership with The Y (formerly YMCA Australia), has recently committed to extending this program beyond those businesses whose main focus is around children.  The Child-Safe Business Initiative will partner with Australian business sectors such as finance, tourism and retail to assess risks to children and young people and to enact policies and practices that keep children and young people safe across all environments involved as part of their services, activities and/or supply chains.

The role

The National Executive Manager, Child Safe Business Initiative is a newly created, contract role, tasked specifically to work collaboratively with Australian businesses in key sectors to support the transformation of their culture to take into account children’s needs for safety.

The National Executive Manager will work collaboratively with the senior business leaders to strengthen their organisational capability to put in place strong risk identification and mitigation strategies across all levels of operations that will better protect children and young people from abuse and exploitation.

The Initiative will be spearheaded by the establishment of a new high level representative body called the Australian Business Roundtable for Child Safety (ABRCS). The ABRCS will demonstrate significant leadership creating and supporting the messaging which will drive the roll out of the Initiative.

As National Executive Manager, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for this targeted business sector program, assisting in setting objectives for the program, identifying and developing opportunities, and building relationships with key stakeholders including business leaders, key influencers, researchers and organisations delivering services. You will have a proven track record and understanding of business culture, transformation and change as well as a commitment to the development of collaborative partnerships to implement evidence-based, sustainable solutions.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • have senior executive or consulting experience
  • be skilled in securing partnerships and B2B account management at a senior/executive level
  • be a proactive, authentic, inspiring change agent with strong project management skills
  • be capable of forging deep and extensive connections using your strong leadership and business engagement skills
  • be able to build a value proposition that is attractive to business and be comfortable in delivering a project from start to end.
  • Post-graduate qualifications in a relevant field are desirable.

To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Australian Childhood Foundation to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the position description here.  For more information about the organsation, their website can be found here. Their most recent Annual Report can be found here.

Once you have absorbed this information and done your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, as well as your CV, you must submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in representing Australian Childhood Foundation and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 6 February 2022

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